By VERNA MURPHY, Connect Weekly
The Snye Park has opened in time for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games, and it is nothing less than spectacular. The boardwalk area alone is a wonderful addition to our city. All too often, we focus on the mistakes of our Mayor and council, and we forget to give credit when it is due. This is one project that the Regional Municipality and everyone who worked on it should receive accolades on the results.
The Waterfront Steering Committee played a huge role in seeing this project come to life. Consultations with the public, studies about environmental impacts, traffic flow and many other factors were all looked at during the process.
The Waterfront Steering Committee played a huge role in seeing this project come to life. Consultations with the public, studies about environmental impacts, traffic flow and many other factors were all looked at during the process. And even during the ribbon cutting the chair of the committee, Ian Dirom, was included in the ceremony, to recognize the hundreds of hours that the committee put into helping with the project.
Councillor Colleen Tatum recently made a motion to develop another committee that will look at the options for downtown development. Applications for the committee closed last week, and it will be compromised of many members of the community, with representatives from the general public, engineers, and business owners all committing to come up with what they will suggest to the municipality for our downtown core.
If the plan for the downtown entertainment centre does not work out for whatever reason, there should be an alternative plan in place so that the development is not delayed any further. The land that sits vacant downtown is too valuable to be sitting with no businesses on it, and of course, once it is developed properly it should bring people to our downtown core.
With the upcoming fall session, the Letter of Intent should be done for the downtown centre, and when that is done the public will be able to find out more about the details, including what it will look like and what the possible costs could be. There is no denying that a large project is needed for our downtown, and in the next few months we will all find out what it will be, and should be public consultations that I think will have great response.
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